Public Health England (PHE) has filed a planning application with Harlow District Council for the construction of a £400m laboratory in Harlow, Essex.
The proposed project will include the transformation of the former GlaxoSmithKline site at the Pinnacles Industrial Estate into a centre of excellence for public health research, improvement and protection.
The development is expected to create 2,750 jobs at the currently vacant site by 2024, with possible future expansion to 3,250.
If approved, construction on the project is anticipated to commence in 2019 with phased occupation starting in 2021.
“The plans include a large visitor area where school groups and the local community would meet PHE scientists, attend talks, workshops and learn about public health, science and research,” PHE said in a statement.
PHE deputy CEO Richard Gleave said: “I am delighted that we have now submitted our plans for consideration, following extensive discussions with the local community, relevant authorities and other stakeholders.
“We want to make Harlow our home and we believe the science campus will bring long-term benefits for the area, as well as unique opportunities for public health research on a national and international scale.”